Growing up with genetics

Athol McOnie grew up in a horticultural environment. It also explains his BsC Horticulture (Pietermaritzburg). His father was a geneticist involved in the seed production of especially sunflowers, sorghum, sweetcorn and babycorn. After selling his company Saffola Seeds he and Athol ran a farm together for 16 years; supplying Woolworths with veggies and other crops but still involved in further enhancing plant material. Athol is still experimenting with different own varieties on a few locations in South Africa. Climate and environment influence the quality of the end product. The art is to find the right variety for the right environment. Told you before; farming goes beyond science. It brings science alive. And that’s what you taste.

Elandsvalley farm in Stanford

Checking the sweetcorn



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